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South Africa's Energy Crisis: Eskom 2008-2015

EDITOR'S NOTE: The lesson of Lee Kuan Yew

Singaporean leader Lee Kuan Yew had some sage advice for the ANC in 1992. Pity it was only ever partially taken, writes Tim Cohen.


DERBY'S COUNTY: Build infrastructure

It's time to confront the situation and consider where SA and the rest of Africa are going to source new jobs, writes Ron Derby


ECONOMIC VIEWPOINT: A broader threat

SA's long-term creditworthiness is tied to a resolution of the governance and financial management problems at Eskom, writes Nazmeera Moola

Peter Bruce. Picture: RUSSELL ROBERTS

BRUCE’S LIST: The Chancer’s Guide to Informed Conversation

Peter Bruce lists the crucial reads of the week March 25 2015

Flames Lounge at the Four Seasons Westcliff. Picture: FOUR SEASONS

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Going down in Flames

No matter the status of your restaurant, the humble waiter remains your frontline warrior and simply cannot go missing in action, writes Justice Malala



Apple isn't afraid to innovate — or cannibalise itself — which is why its new Macbook and USB-C charger are so ahead of the pack, writes Toby Shapshak

Anthony Puttergill. Picture: JEREMY GLYN

MARKET WATCH: Eyeing Peermont

Sun International could let go of properties in provinces where it already has a strong presence — preferably as a package, writes Marc Hasenfuss

DIAMONDS & DOGS: Iliad; Bell Equipment

Iliad believes it has laid the foundation for sustainable growth, while the picture at Bell is one of stasis until a measure of vibrancy returns to the market

Zola Tsotsi. Picture: ROBERT TSHABALALA

BETWEEN THE CHAINS: Eskom’s operational meltdown

Failures can be traced back to questionable board appointments, writes Sikonathi Mantshantsha

The SARS building in Randburg. Picture:TYRONE ARTHUR

INVESTOR’S NOTEBOOK: SA’s willingness to pay tax waning

Citizens are questioning additional taxes when the state is not fulfilling its part, writes Ruan Jooste


Ken Owen. Picture: HETTY ZANTMAN

LETTER: A defence of liberalism

Liberalism provides the foundations of civil society

University students. Picture:  JACKIE CLAUSEN

LETTER: More funds for students

Large corporations need to invest in future employees through bursaries

Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS

LETTER: Condoning bad behaviour

President Jacob Zuma's integrity is questionable


LETTER: Slow cup of coffee

Businesses clamouring to be first on Wi-Fi train may have few burnt fingers


A round-up of the week's main news events in Africa and further abroad

OBITUARY: Ken Owen, editor and pugilist

The SA media world said its farewells last week to an extraordinary member of their number, Ken Owen, who was editor of no fewer than four major SA newspapers: the Sunday Express, the Rand Daily Mail, the Financial Mail’s sister publication Business Day, and the Sunday Times.

EDITORIAL: Rhodes’ greatest gift: this moment

Cecil John Rhodes was a towering figure in the SA political economy. He shaped the mining industry and its attendant service and supply industries in a way that is recognisable today.


VIDEO: Barclays Africa seems to be making a turnaround

SA's third-largest bank by market value, Barclays Africa, is on track for a turnaround

VIDEO: Is the suspension of four Eskom executives legal?

Sikonathi Mantshantsha chats about whether Eskom's suspension of four senior executives was legal

FM Property Handbook 2014

Read the full Property Handbook, with assessments of the entire sector and profiles of funds and companies in SA

FM Top Companies 2014

Download the full Financial Mail Top Companies 2014 report (38MB)